'Strip club row' cop given LNP's blessing to run

The LNP candidate who made headlines for a strip club controversy which played out on social media has again been pre-selected to run for the party at the upcoming election.

Police Sergeant John Kerslake has been pre-selected to run in the seat of Mirani in the 2015 poll, following current LNP MP Ted Malone's decision to retire at the next election.

Mr Malone has held the seat since he 1994 by-election and has a safe margin of more than 10 per cent.

Sergeant Kerslake ran in Mackay in the 2012 election and almost managed to take the seat from Labor MP Tim Mulherin, who suffered a 16.3 per cent swing against him.

But his campaign was marred by what Sergeant Kerslake at the time labelled a "dirty tricks campaign" from his opposition.

Allegations Sergeant Kerslake favoured local strip-club bar manager Jasmine Robson during a police campaign to reduce crime in the town's entertainment districts were re-floated, despite a Crime and Misconduct Commission investigation finding he had no case to answer.

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